MLS Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 10, 2008
(All times Eastern)
New York (2-1-2) at Los Angeles (2-2-2), 10:30 p.m.
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Two of Major League Soccer's biggest
markets will clash when the New York Red Bulls travel to California to take on
the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.
Both teams are trying to establish their spots in their respective conference
tables, with the Galaxy currently third in the West and New York second from
the bottom in the East.
The Galaxy are the hotter of the two lukewarm teams, unbeaten in their last
three including a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake in their last league fixture.
David Beckham scored two goals less than five minutes apart to give L.A. a
share of the points on the road.
"It's what great players do," Galaxy defender Chris Klein said of Beckham. "He
delivers good balls, and you have to step to him because he can strike a great
ball. On the free kick, everyone knows what he can do there. We're going to
need a few of those this year, and he's been known to provide them. I think
this is a tip of what he can do, and what everyone has been waiting to see."
All four goals in the 2-2 draw came before the first half break.
"We started coming back into the game just before then and when you're coming
back into the game it's important that you keep your eyes on the play,"
Beckham said. "It was my turn to score the goals tonight instead of Landon
(Donovan, who leads MLS with 8 goals), but it's important that all the players
take a part of scoring goals and winning games and getting the team back into
"His attitude in those two moments to make the difference," Donovan of
Beckham. "Obviously, he has the quality to make the difference. Other people
can try it, but can't pull it off - he can. Him saying, 'I'm going to make a
difference because we're struggling right now,' then he went and did it - that
was the difference between tying the game and losing."
The Red Bulls aren't as confident heading into the match, with number of
Striker Juan Pablo Angel has an injured back, midfielder Claudio Reyna's has a
left calf strain, striker Jozy Altidore missed two days of training because of
an allergies, and defensive midfielder Seth Stammler suffered a lower back
injury at training Wednesday afternoon. Neither Reyna or Stammler will be in
"It's sore," Angel said of his back after the team's draw at Toronto last
week. "It got very tight at the end. But I'm happy I managed to play 90
minutes, it'll be good for my fitness. We're just going to have to wait and
see how it reacts in the next couple of days ... if it reacts well, that means
I'm getting better."
There was some good news from the training room, however, with Dane Richards
and Hunter Freeman playing their first minutes of the season last week after
coming back from injury. Both Angel and Altidore are expected to play Saturday
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